UNINSURED cars seized by the police have gone on display outside force headquarters in a show of shame.
The cars are on display outside HQ on Snig Hill and across the county as part of a new campaign to shame uninsured drivers.
The move is part of a campaign warning drivers about the consequences of not insuring their vehicles.
PC Bruce Yacomeni, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Uninsured cars are a real danger on our roads. As a force we are seizing uninsured cars every day in order to make our roads safer for everyone.
“Since January this year we have recovered 780 uninsured vehicles, 200 of these have subsequently been crushed because the owner could not provide valid insurance documentation.
He added: “If you know someone that is driving illegally without insurance I would urge you to report them by contacting South Yorkshire Police on 101.
According to the Motor Insurance Bureau it is estimated uninsured drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.
Uninsured driving adds around £30 a year to every motorist’s insurance premium, amounting to more than £500m a year in additional premiums.
The MIB says one in ten young drivers are not aware of the need for insurance.
Once an uninsured vehicle has been seized by South Yorkshire Police the owner must produce a valid insurance certificate within seven days. Then they have 14 working days to claim their vehicle before it is crushed.
When claiming their vehicle back, the owner must pay an initial fee of £150 plus storage costs.
The driver can also be prosecuted and faces fines and points on their licence.
n Uninsured drivers can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.